14 of the best new apps to download now

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  • New apps are popping up every day, but some stand out among the rest.
  • Games like Fortnite and Alto's Odyssey are changing the world of gaming on a phone.
  • Apps like Mindbody will help you be a better you in 2019.
  • The app Moment will help monitor your screen time while Otter will make transcribing a lot less tedious.

Though there are legitimate criticisms that we spend too much time looking at screens, technology is evolving to make our lives more efficient. Reliables like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Messenger are apps that everyone has on their phones to stay connected, but there are new apps being created every day to make our world a little more efficient, safe, or fun.

Here are some of the best new apps that came out this year and the past few years you need to download on your phone.

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Tik Tok was the much-needed response to the decline of Vine.

Tik Tok was the much-needed response to the decline of Vine.

Similar to Vine, with Tik Tok you can create short-form videos on their platform. The Chinese company took over the popular lipsyncing app, Musical.ly, and was one of the most downloaded apps of 2018. The Evening Standard reports that they will soon introduce virtual reality filters, reactions to friends’ videos, and time limits, like with Instagram and Facebook.

Alto's Odyssey won Apple's 2018 Design Award for a reason.

Alto's Odyssey won Apple's 2018 Design Award for a reason.

This gorgeous answer to the 2015 Alto's Adventure is a running game with absolutely stunning mobile graphics. With original elements and a delightful soundtrack, it's the most immersive game currently on the app store.

Get in on the astrology craze with Co-Star.

Get in on the astrology craze with Co-Star.

The AI-powered astrology app was created in 2017 to be the best response to the new astrology craze that's taken over. Banu Guler, Anna Kopp, and Ben Weitzman have a fashion background that went into the clean black and white celestial design of the app. StarCrossed Style also reports that although the app is only available in English, it's gone viral in Russia.

Organizing your notes and thoughts has never been easier with Bear.

Organizing your notes and thoughts has never been easier with Bear.

To replace Apple's overly simple Notes App, Bear incorporates different categories like "groceries," clean architectural details, and classic Word elements to give you more control over how you jot down your thoughts.

Learn to code with Google's Grasshopper.

Learn to code with Google's Grasshopper.

Created by a team from Google's workshop for experimental products, Area 120, their coding app for beginners fully launched this year. The little grasshopper, Grace Hopper, teaches you the fundamentals of how code works, along with more complex animations.

Calm wants to help generations of sleepy people.

Calm wants to help generations of sleepy people.

Entering Inc's 5000 list as a top 20 company in 2018, the number one meditation app has hundreds of guided meditations and sleep practices. Since the quality of sleep is on the decline, Calm's popularity is only set to rise.

Procreate Pocket is one of the top apps of 2018.

Procreate Pocket is one of the top apps of 2018.

Built for creative professionals, the redesign of this art app gives you 135 brushes for sketching, inking, and drawing, including 3D elements, 30-second time lapses, and a lovably simple interface. It's a must for all artists.

For the fitness fanatic on the go, there's MindBody.

For the fitness fanatic on the go, there's MindBody.

The easiest way to find fitness classes in your area, type in your favorite kind of exercise and your zip code into MindBody, and book a spot in classes right on the app. There are also ratings so you can find out if that new yoga studio is more about pilates or chakras before you get into child's pose.

iPhones are starting to do what Moment can do for you in-depth.

iPhones are starting to do what Moment can do for you in-depth.

Earlier this year, Apple started sending iPhone users weekly reports on their screen time and making screen time available to users. Moment tracks your time by app and helps you measure your screen time and work on picking up your phone fewer times per day and finding peace in this technology-filled world.

Facebook's Messenger Kids is a simplified version of the adult Messenger.

Facebook's Messenger Kids is a simplified version of the adult Messenger.

Made for kids under 13 who don't necessarily have a Facebook page yet, it's a free app with parental controls that focuses on video chatting and messaging with fun graphic elements.

Users are split between critiquing the focus on social media for kids at such a young age and lauding Facebook for creating a safer space for children who aren't ready for unlimited social media access yet.

Oh She Glows is a vegan's dream.

Oh She Glows is a vegan's dream.

New York Times Bestselling author, Angela Liddon, launched Oh She Glows in 2016 to feature hundreds of plant-based recipes. It features beautiful, clean photography, and simplified instructions so vegan or gluten-free cooking has never been easier.

Otter can save you from tedious transcribing.

Otter can save you from tedious transcribing.

Using speech recognition software, Otter not only transcribes words but can identify the different speakers. It also transcribes in real time and can play back your recording at different speeds. In the app, you can snap relevant photos during recording, like whiteboards or presentation slides.

The Tasty App is perfect for endless food scrolling.

The Tasty App is perfect for endless food scrolling.

For all your #foodporn needs, Buzzfeed's Tasty App has mouthwatering photography, step-by-step instructions, and tons of videos with recommendations based on your dietary needs.

Fortnite is one of the most popular games of all time.

Fortnite is one of the most popular games of all time.

Now that the CEO of Fortnite is worth $7 billion and over 200 million people are playing, it's hard to believe the game only dropped in September 2017. The free game is available to download on over seven platforms, including iPhone and Android.

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